A legal document issued to halt or delay the action of some process of law.
Webster's New World
A writ that suspends the power of a lower court to issue an execution on a judgment where an appeal to a higher court has been taken.
You shall forbear or desist. A writ suspending or staying a proceeding in order to maintain the status quo, pending appeal. It usually stays a creditor’s taking possession of property pursuant to a lower court’s ruling.
Webster's New World Law
Other Word Forms of Supersedeas
Origin of Supersedeas
Middle English from Medieval Latin supersedeāsyou must desist (from the writ)from Latin second person sing. present subjunctive ofsupersedēreto desist fromsupersede
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition